Because good research needs good data

Introducing the IDCC2020 keynotes: Dr Kostas Glinos

Diana Sisu | 09 February 2020

Interview by Timea Biro, Project Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland Royal Irish Academy

Kostas works at the European Commission, leading the unit in charge of Open Science in the directorate general for Research & Innovation. Prior to this he held various management positions related to STI policy and R&D funding programmes, including international relations, research infrastructures, cyber-physical systems, future and emerging technologies and big research data. In the academic year 2017-2018 he was a Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Before joining the Commission in 1992 Kostas worked in the chemical industry in the USA and Belgium, lectured at the University and carried out research. He holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an Advanced Professional Certificate in investment management from Drexel University.

Making Open Science the new normal

Open Science means sharing knowledge and tools as early as possible in the research process, not only between researchers and between disciplines, but also with society at large. The European Commission promotes Open Science policies which address both the process and practice of research, e.g. open access to publications and other research outputs, responsible research data management, practices of sharing, engagement of citizens, etc.), as well as the proper enablers (infrastructures, rewards and incentives, training and skills, etc.) to enhance the policies’ uptake.

The European Commission plans to bolster responsible research data management, in line with the FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability), through concrete obligations under the next Framework programme and support infrastructure. As indicated by President von der Leyen, the EU is co-creating the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a trusted space for researchers to store and access data from all disciplines. The vision consists in delivering a pool of interlinked and responsibly curated information, in other words, a web of FAIR data.

Kostas Glinos will reflect on the role of responsible research data management within the larger Open Science policy and will touch upon the current state of play of the EOSC process, given its significance as an Open Science policy enabler.

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